Taiwan's chip industry: How it is staying ahead of the global competition

TSMC's revenue in the first quarter of this year was four times that of Samsung's semiconductor division.
TSMC's revenue in the first quarter of this year was four times that of Samsung's semiconductor division.PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI - Taiwan's semiconductor industry has long been hailed as the island's "sacred mountain", shielding it from setbacks as a result of geopolitical tensions and other factors.

The island currently holds around 50 per cent of the world's computer chip foundry production capacity, according to Ms Joanne Chiao, a researcher at Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.

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